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Google rebuffs European Union on antitrust charges – MarketWatch


MarketWatch

Google rebuffs European Union on antitrust charges
MarketWatch
Google Inc. on Thursday rebuffed the European Union's demand that it change the way it ranks online comparison-shopping services in its search results, setting up a potentially drawn-out legal battle between the search giant and a regulator empowered
Google Rebuts Europe on Antitrust ChargesNew York Times
Google rejects 'unfounded' EU antitrust charges of market abuseBusiness Today
Google denies Europe's antitrust accusationsChristian Science Monitor
TechCrunch
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:09 am

Facebook M is set apart by the human element – Livemint


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Facebook M is set apart by the human element
Livemint
Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, BlackBerry's Assistant and Google's Now have one thing in common—they are voice assistants who can make sense of most things you tell them, and provide answers based on a very complex virtual intelligence algorithm …
Facebook's Competitor To Siri And Cortana Is Called 'M'iTech Post
Facebook's M Is Not The Droid You've Been Looking ForTechCrunch
Facebook adding virtual assistant to Messenger appThe Hullabaloo Online
Christian Science Monitor -Rapid News Network -iFreePress.com (blog)
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:05 am

Apple will launch new iPhones on 9 September; to discontinue iPhone 5c – Firstpost


Firstpost

Apple will launch new iPhones on 9 September; to discontinue iPhone 5c
Firstpost
In line with reports earlier this month, Apple is all set to host its next-gen iPhone launch event on September 9. The company will be live streaming the event on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and also for PC users. The company has started sending
iPhone 6c Won't Launch on September 9, iPhone 5c to Be Discontinued: ReportNDTV
We asked Siri for gossip on new iPhones, she got all crabbyHindustan Times
Apple's iPhone 6s and new Apple TV to be revealed on September 9thDaily Mail
Financial Express -Fox 28 -Times of India
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:47 am

NASA showcases image with galactic butterfly unfolding its wings – Northern Californian


Engadget

NASA showcases image with galactic butterfly unfolding its wings
Northern Californian
Here is your opportunity to grab a look of the Twin Jet Nebula and its knots of expanding gas in amazing detail, thanks to an image taken by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The image makes the one feel as if a butterfly is unfolding its wings.
Radiant Cosmic Butterfly Phenomena Captured by NASA's Hubble TelescopeThe Market Business
Radiant cosmic phenomena captured by NASA's HubbleMorning Ticker
Hubble telescope reveals Twin Jet Nebula stars with expanding gas like cosmic …The Hullabaloo Online
The Monitor Daily -PC Magazine -ABC News
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:04 am

Zuckerberg: one in seven people on the planet used Facebook on Monday – The Guardian


The Guardian

Zuckerberg: one in seven people on the planet used Facebook on Monday
The Guardian
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the social network's 1bn milestone. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Stuart Dredge · @stuartdredge. Friday 28 August 2015 02.02 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email · Share on …
Facebook witnessed one billion users in a single day: Mark ZuckerbergFirstpost
One-seventh of humanity logged onto Facebook on MondayHindustan Times
New low for humanity: A billion souls log on to Facebook in one dayThe Register
cleveland.com -Phys.Org -Sky News
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:02 am

Samsung Pay beta opens in US: Here’s how to get in – Press Examiner


Press Examiner

Samsung Pay beta opens in US: Here's how to get in
Press Examiner
Samsung has started rolling out the first beta for the Samsung Pay in the United States. In Samsung's native South Korea, the service saw 10,000 credit and debit card registered on launch day with this figure now rising to 80,000. There are some
Want To Try Samsung Pay? Here's How To Join The Beta ProgramTech Times
Samsung Pay beta program launches in the USSlashGear
Samsung Pay Beta Launched On All US Carriers Except VerizonLedger Gazette
Rapid News Network -PPP Focus.com -Bulletin Leader
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 4:52 am

Data Show Solid Debut for Apple’s New Watch – Wall Street Journal


TechCrunch

Data Show Solid Debut for Apple's New Watch
Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. AAPL 2.94 % sold more watches in their first quarter of availability than it did iPads or iPhones. Research firm IDC Thursday said Apple shipped 3.6 million Apple Watch units in the second quarter, after it began shipping on April 24. The
3.6m Apple Watches shipped last quarter: IDCTimes of India
Apple dominating the wearable marketIndia Today
Apple Watch sales strong in the second quarter, report saysLos Angeles Times
SiliconANGLE (blog)
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 3:59 am

Instagram breaks out of the square – CNN


CNN

Instagram breaks out of the square
CNN
SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) — After five years of square-shaped tyranny, Instagram will finally allow users to post portrait and landscape photos and videos. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing tool announced the change Thursday morning (August 27).
Instagram: It's now hip to be more than just squareDaily News & Analysis
Awesome change comes to InstagramNEWS.com.au
Instagram: not just for squaresThe Australian
Dispatch Times -SiliconANGLE (blog) -Phone Arena
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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 2:30 am

Facebook Finally Cracks Down On Video Piracy – TechCrunch


TechCrunch

Facebook Finally Cracks Down On Video Piracy
TechCrunch
Facebook didn't get to be one of the largest video streamers on the web without making a few enemies. Unfortunately, up to this point, a lot of those enemies were the people actually creating cool video content for the site. Today, Facebook is trying
Facebook is trying to make it easier to stop video piracyEngadget
Facebook to crack down on pirated videosPCWorld
Facebook details new effort to stop video piracySlashGear
Financial Times -Ubergizmo -Fortune
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Posted on 27 August 2015 | 11:48 pm

Google Chrome shuts down background tab autoplay – Fortune


Fortune

Google Chrome shuts down background tab autoplay
Fortune
From all of us to you, Google: thank you. Chrome will soon roll-out a feature that keeps tabs from autoplaying if they are not in the foreground, according to TechCrunch. And while that means videos will still auto-play when a tab is in the foreground
Google Chrome to Silence Annoying Auto-Play VideosPC Magazine
Chrome Starts Telling Autoplaying Videos To STFUTechCrunch
Google's Chrome To Stop Background Tab AutoplayUbergizmo
The Verge -Computerworld -Dispatch Times
all 24 news articles »

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 9:59 pm

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

Uber China closes $1 billion fundraising round: sources

A taxi is reflected in a window at the office of taxi-hailing service Uber Inc in Hong Kong, ChinaBy Paul Carsten and Engen Tham BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc's China arm has closed its $1 billion fundraising round early, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, with investors still hopeful for the U.S.-based ride service despite strong domestic competition. Investors in Uber's Chinese unit include Internet giant Baidu Inc, China CITIC Bank Corp Ltd and China Life Insurance Co Ltd, among others, said one of the people, requesting anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Chinese financial conglomerate Ping An Group's investment arm and Hillhouse Capital, which has a stake in the main U.S.-based Uber business, also took part, the person said.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:28 am

China’s Unigroup chairman visiting U.S. to discuss Micron bid: sources

Memory chip parts of U.S. memory chip maker MicronTechnology are pictured at their booth at an industrial fair in FrankfurtWASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – The chairman of China's Tsinghua Unigroup traveled to the United States this week to meet with board members of Micron Technology and try to revive a politically fraught takeover bid of the U.S. chipmaker, people familiar with the matter said. Micron dismissed an informal $23 billion offer by state-backed investment firm Unigroup in July on the presumption that the U.S. regulatory committee that reviews foreign acquisitions of sensitive U.S. companies would block the deal on national security concerns, sources have said. In August, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called on the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to reject Tsinghua’s acquisition attempt, citing Micron’s role in making chips used in U.S weapons systems.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 5:52 am

Days numbered for barcodes as shoppers demand more data

Barcodes are seen on a package in LondonBy Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) – Growing demand for more information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple barcode – the blocks of black and white stripes that adorn most objects for sale and are scanned five billion times a day. First used on a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum in 1974 in a store in Ohio, barcodes have revolutionized the retail world, allowing cashiers to ring up products much faster and more accurately, while also streamlining logistics. The basic barcode is just not up to the job.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:29 am

Naver putting off Line IPO timing decision until markets improve: CFO

The logo of free messaging app Line is pictured on a smartphone and the company's stuffed toy in this photo illustration taken in TokyoBy Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea's largest web portal operator Naver Corp won't decide on when to IPO its messenger app service unit Line Corp [IPO-LINE.T] until its earnings and market conditions improve, Naver's CFO said on Friday. Hwang's comments were in answer to questions prompted by a Wall Street Journal report on Thursday that said that Japan-based Line had scrapped its plans for an initial public offering (IPO). Documents for Line's IPO continue to be under review by authorities in both the United States and Japan, CFO Hwang In-joon told Reuters, but said markets were currently too volatile to give a timetable for the listing.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 3:36 am

Facebook’s Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads

A most popular Instagram page is displayed on a mobile device screen in PasadenaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Instagram has added new layout options in addition to its signature square for pictures and videos in a bid to attract more advertisers and to stop users defecting to more flexible services such as Snapchat. The move is the first major alteration to the photo-sharing, social media service since Facebook Inc bought it for $1 billion in 2012, and addresses the wishes of many of its 300 million users, who have been constrained by the square format. "It boils down to giving advertisers and users more options," said Debra Aho Williamson, a social media marketing and advertising analyst.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 9:54 pm

Apple may launch new iPhones at Sept. 9 event

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York CityApple Inc on Thursday invited journalists to a Sept. 9 event, where it is expected to unveil new iPhones and potentially a new version of its Apple TV set-top box. The email invitation includes a colorful Apple logo with the sentence "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referring to Apple's popular digital voice assistant. The company traditionally announces its new iPhones in September.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 9:27 pm

Nintendo gives Shovel Knight the first indie Amiibo

Nintendo gives Shovel Knight the first indie AmiiboShovel Knight is one of the best indie games available for Nintendo systems, with beautifully observed reverence for NES-era design. And it looks like Nintendo has noticed, because Yacht Club Games is now the first indie developer to have been bestowed with its own Amiibo.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:11 am

INDEX: Award — Show me the Money

INDEX: Award -- Show me the MoneyAnnouncement of the INDEX: Award is much more than a loud rally for promoting high-impact and beautifully formed design solutions. The Index Award is backed by the largest monetary design award and guides the most promising finalists from design solution to business opportunity, with $460,000.00 currently distributed among five winners, PEEK…

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:32 am

Xbox boss dismisses rumors of an Xbox One Mini

Xbox boss dismisses rumors of an Xbox One MiniEarlier this month, it was rumored that in addition to revealing new tablets, fitness bands, and smartphones, Microsoft would use its upcoming October launch event to show off a slimmer Xbox One. Sources familiar with Microsoft's October plans told The Verge last week that the company is planning to use the event to lift the lid on two new Lumia handsets, the Surface Pro 4, and a Microsoft Band 2. Chinese tech site WPDang had claimed that the so-called Xbox One Mini would drop the ability to play Blu-rays, and would be both quieter and smaller than the current model, weighing in at about a third the size.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:27 am

NYC cabs will test app-based system to challenge Uber

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 5:32 am